Breastfeeding Tips

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As a breastfeeding advocate, I would like to share to first-time moms the proper way on how to have a good latch and make breastfeeding easier and a comfortable experience for both the moms and the babies. This was what I followed in the 2 1/2 years that I breastfed my daughter.

BREASTFEEDING TIPS:

  1.  With a clean washcloth or cotton swabs, wipe your breasts clean before  your  baby feeds.
  2. Sit comfortably in an upright position.  A pillow can help bring your baby to the proper level.  Raise one knee to help support his body.
  3. Support your baby’s head and bring him close to your breast.
  4. Stroke the baby’s cheek nearest you;  your baby will turn to you and search for your  nipple to find food.  This is called the “rooting reflex”.
  5. Guide your nipple toward his mouth.  Baby’s chin should be against the breast and his tongue underneath your nipple.  As he sucks, let your baby touch and stroke your breast.  Make sure that he’s sucking on the whole areola (darkened area of the breast), not just the nipple.  If he sucks on the nipple, you’ll get sore and he won’t get any milk.  Your baby will begin sucking vigorously and find his own pace.
  6. When his sucking subsides, switch him to other breast until he stops feeding.
  7. Next time he feeds, start from the breast he nursed from last and repeat the same procedure.  This way, he’ll receive equal amounts of milk from each breast and you’ll avoid the sensation of overfullness in either of your breasts.

[Source: My Baby Book (GlaxoSmithKline)]

To my fellow mommies, let’s make breastfeeding our advocacy. Let’s encourage and educate soon-to-be-moms regarding the advantages of breastfeeding and also the lactating mothers to continuously breastfeed their babies beyond 6 months of age. Let’s all put in mind that there’s no substitute for breastmilk so let’s maximize our capacity to produce milk for the benefit of our babies.

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28 comments

  1. tatess says:

    I am for breast feeding ,baby needs nutrients that only breast milk can give. Sadly ,not all mom can breast feed the baby’s for a long time due to lack of mil and i am one of them.

  2. Chie says:

    Thanks for these helpful tips. I can surely use these tips in the future when God will give me a little angel na. I’ve been hoping to experience breastfeeding to my little one.

  3. Jessica Cassidy says:

    Both my kids are breast-feds babies 🙂 they are now 9 and 6 🙂 I am happy that I do not need to buy formula. Nursing your baby is a great bond too plus the nutrient they got from your breast.

  4. jesie says:

    I wanted to breastfed with my two kids and been reading alot of tips, however, it always depend on the situation where you already there is. It never worked out for me. But, to those who wanted to breastfed, it might work out for you, so these are good tips to keep in mind.

  5. jheylo says:

    great tips for new moms out there. I breastfed my first born for only a month, for some reason he could not latch on my nipple and he gave up. For my second child, she’s breastfed for 6 months, she don’t want to let go of it but i had to because she kept on bitting my nipple. Yikes! hurts!

  6. Dhemz says:

    very helpful tips….I tried to breastfeed my daughter when she was born, but I guess it was a failure because she’s allergic to my milk…well, that’s what do doctor was saying.

  7. Karen says:

    Although I wanted to nourish my daughter with my breast milk, it’s sad that my lactation only lasted for 3 months. The same also happened to me with my eldest.

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